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    N73 Disassembling Instructions

    Hey guys, unfortunately I had to be the pioneer when it came to disassembling my N73. With-in FOUR days of having my phone I broke the LCD screen.

    You can follow my saga here
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=985675

    and here
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?p=7854708


    On to the good stuff.
    Tools You need:
    1. 2 Credit Cards
    2. T6 Screwdriver


    My N73 in pain...


    Here's a picture of my phone after the successful operation


    Here is the first corner you will start working with.


    After you get the Credit Card in there, use the Credit Card as a lever and try to pry off the cover.




    You should be able to see the housing coming off. That's when you grab your second Credit Card and slide it across the opening and tada.

    After sliding the 2nd Credit Card, the housing will start popping off.


    Repeat the same process on the other side and just slide your credit card on the top sides and the housing should come off.

    After you have the housing off, use your T6 screwdriver to take off the 6 screws around the phone.

    If you guys need any more questions answered, let me know.
    P.S. I'll add a few more pictures later on how to remove the LCD screen if anyone is interested.

    Joe

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    Nice, most ppl here can use the method to change faceplates too. What about the back of the phone?

    ps. pls post picts on how to change the lcd.

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    yea, how does the back come off? are there screws exposed once the front is off?

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    thanks will definately look into this. post some pics of the lcd replacement/lens if you could

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    Excellent work!

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    ***I couldn't edit my Original Post so here's the rest of the tutorial***

    Repeat the same process on the other side and just slide your credit card on the top sides and the housing should come off. Now you're left with this.


    Here are the 6 screws you can remove using a T6 Screwdriver


    In order to remove the LCD screen, you have to remove a cover right on top of the LCD. There's 4 clips that need to be removed, 2 on each side.


    Here's the cover. The LCD will be loose and can just be removed.


    This is as far as I took it apart. If you need to go farther, make sure you post the instructions after you figure it out.
    If you guys need any more questions answered, let me know.

    Joe

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    After you put the phone back together. Does it feel just as solid as if it never had been opened, or does it creek even more or feel not as solid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantRobo
    After you put the phone back together. Does it feel just as solid as if it never had been opened, or does it creek even more or feel not as solid?

    Phone feels fine, nice and solid.

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    GREAT!! that dirt blob and everything i gone! good job on the guide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcapitan
    Phone feels fine, nice and solid.
    Very nice post!!...unfortunately for you it wasnt for recreation but I'm getting one of these and your pictures are invaluable...thanks for taking the time to post this!!....everyone should donate a dollar to the captain to off set the new screen and the info provided.....checks in the mail
    BB9700 PIN: 2190dd6e

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    Thank You!!! IMO, the first step is the hardest to figure out.

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    Thanks I have the front half off, but how do you take off the back? This is where my unit creaks the most, the back on the sides. I will be getting a new complete housing very soon, for now I just need the back changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akita1
    Thanks I have the front half off, but how do you take off the back? This is where my unit creaks the most, the back on the sides. I will be getting a new complete housing very soon, for now I just need the back changed.
    what color are you going to change it to and where are you purchasing it if i may ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by smood74
    what color are you going to change it to and where are you purchasing it if i may ask
    Currently I have the silver/plum color. I plan on getting another silver faceplate and as of right now the only available housing is the mocha/white. The back will be mocha and the front silver. It is available at cnn.cn. The faceplate is around $23.00, housing is around $56.00.

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    To get the LCD screen out, just turn the phone over and let it slide out but keep your hand close so the ribbon doesn't tear unless you are already replacing it since you have a cracked lcd like me. Otherwise you can gently pull out on the top of the lcd by the front camera until it comes out. the ribbon disconnect is right underneath the lcd to replace. let me know if you have any questions. you can email me directly at [email protected]


    Quote Originally Posted by elcapitan
    ***I couldn't edit my Original Post so here's the rest of the tutorial***

    Repeat the same process on the other side and just slide your credit card on the top sides and the housing should come off. Now you're left with this.


    Here are the 6 screws you can remove using a T6 Screwdriver


    In order to remove the LCD screen, you have to remove a cover right on top of the LCD. There's 4 clips that need to be removed, 2 on each side.


    Here's the cover. The LCD will be loose and can just be removed.


    This is as far as I took it apart. If you need to go farther, make sure you post the instructions after you figure it out.
    If you guys need any more questions answered, let me know.

    Joe

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